A significant number of Bakersfield and Kern County hit-and-run drivers
have no drivers’ licenses, a fact illustrated by a recent incident
An off-duty Berkeley police officer saw a Chevrolet Malibu weave in and
out of traffic before crashing into a disabled Toyota Corolla on the shoulder,
killing a man who was checking his tire. The officer alerted the CHP, which soon
caught up with the suspect vehicle and finally pulled it over in Vacaville.
The driver, 31-year-old Keri Cache, of Oakland, was arrested and charged
with DUI vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, and
driving with a suspended license.
Hit-and-run drivers typically have something to hide, because they know
that a collision by itself, even if there is a fatality, typically does
not even merit a citation. But if they are driving with a suspended license,
that is a much different story, because this violation is normally an
arrestable offense in California.
There are a number of ways that the state can take a drivers’ license,
but perhaps one of the most frequent is a points-based
Negligent Operator Treatment System action. There are a number of possible defenses at this proceeding, including:
Collision Fault: Legal and non-legal fault are two different things, so if the police
report says that a certain driver caused the crash, that conclusion is
often not legally accurate.
Physical Conditions: Many people take medications or have health conditions that make driving
difficult. Once the medicines are gone or the condition is controlled,
the risk no longer
Other Mitigating Circumstances: Many people get two or three tickets in two or three months, no tickets
for the next two or three years, and then another one just before the
calculation period ends. Such a pattern does not really lead to the conclusion
that the person is a negligent operator.
An attorney can often get the suspension period reduced or eliminated by
using these defenses and ones like them.
Getting Legal Help
The aggressive attorneys at Bigger & Harman, APC, are committed to
giving individuals a voice when dealing with speeding and traffic tickets.
Call today at 661-349-9300 or email
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